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Celebrate IAMU's 70th Anniversary!

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

To commemorate our platinum anniversary, IAMU is holding an open house on Wed., July 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. Plan to stop by to mix, mingle, grab some delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and take in presentations and our anniversary video.

To RSVP, click here.

But that’s not all…

Plan to come back for our Equipment Demo & Exhibit Day on Thurs., July 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors can demonstrate equipment, tools, processes, and materials on IAMU’s 11-acre training field.

To RSVP, click here.

Both events are free.

Tags:  70th Anniversary  Ankeny  Demo Day  IAMU  IAMU Events 

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EUSO Course Set for Last Week of July

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mark your calendars for the return of one of IAMU’s popular workshops.  Skip Collier of Professional Training Systems, Inc. will be presenting his Electric Utility System Operation Short Course July 25-27 and the Smart Grid Course on July 28.

Skip is very well regarded and has an extensive background in electric utility design, construction, maintenance and operation.

The EUSO Short Course is designed for any employee whose job performance will benefit from a basic understanding of the operations side of the business.  This includes those from legal, rates, engineering, purchasing, computer application, marketing, customer service, inventory control, finance, accounting, safety, risk analysis as well as those from generating plants.  One goal for this class is to have students leave with the ability to easily identify all of the electrical equipment they see in a substation as they walk by, along with all the equipment found on the poles in a residential area.  Non-electrical engineers are often at a disadvantage in the electric utility environment due to a lack of familiarity with technical issues.  The better you understand the utility’s product – electrical energy – and how it is created and distributed, the better you can serve the utility and your customers.  This course assumes no electrical background, and builds on the basics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the equipment and operations.

In addition to the EUSO course, Skip will offer his Smart Grid Course.  This class explains what a grid is, the differences between a dumb grid and a smart grid, and the mandates that ensure a smart grid will be implemented in each utility.  Once again, this course assumes no electrical background, and builds on the basics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the equipment and operations.  Participants, however, who have attended the EUSO course will better understand the true capabilities of a smart grid.

Registration is now open.

If you are planning on sending more than one participant from your organization, please make sure to share this with multiple departments so that you qualify for the reduced cost with the initial registration.

EUSO Course

  • $878 for a single registrant OR $798 each for two or more participants from the same utility/organization

Smart Grid Course

  • $303 for single registrant OR $270 each for two or more participants from the same utility/organization

BOTH Courses

  • $1,100 for single registrant OR $990 each for two or more participants from the same utility/organization

For additional information, brochure, and registration, please click HERE.  The registration deadline for the workshop is Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

*Line Maintainer apprentices will receive 21 Basic OJT Hours for taking the course*

Tags:  Electric  EUSO  Skip Collier  Smart Grid 

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Move Over/Slow Down Public Service Announcement (PSA) Campaign Kicks Off

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 28, 2017

IAMU is joining forces with other Iowa utility organizations to educate drivers in Iowa of the Move Over or Slow Down law as it pertains to utility vehicles. The Move Over/Slow Down public awareness effort kicks off this week.

Effective July 1, Iowa law will require motorists to change lanes or slow down when approaching a stationary utility vehicle that has its flashing lights activated. Across the country, all states have “move over” laws, but only 12 (including now Iowa) protect utility service vehicles.

IAMU is working with Alliant Energy, the Association of Electric Cooperatives, ITC Midwest, and MidAmerican Energy to spread the word through various communication efforts, including asking Iowa motorists to sign a pledge vowing to move over or slow down when approaching a stationary utility vehicle that has its flashing lights activated. To take the pledge, visit www.moveoveriowa.com. IAMU encourages you to take the pledge and spread the message to encourage family, friends, and customers to take the pledge as well.

The Move Over/Slow Down law applies to all utility service vehicles, not just electric crews. This law is designed to protect motorists and Iowa’s utility workers who are at high risk while performing their duties on Iowa’s roadways. Motorists can face penalties for violating the law, such as receiving traffic tickets or having their driver’s license revoked.

IAMU will make various communications available for you to use over the coming months, including:

  • Move Over Logo: Members may download the logo from the members-only Resources section of the website (Under Communication Tools & Resources). You are free to use the logo electronically (on your website or social media accounts) and in any printed form.
  •  Social media posts that will include the Move Over logo, a quick fact, photo, and hashtag #MoveOverIowa. IAMU will post these messages to the IAMU social media accounts. All member utilities may share the posts directly from the IAMU social media posts.
  • Posters that will include a powerful statistic or blurb with a photo, the Move Over logo, and www.moveoveriowa.com. The posters will be designed at 8 ½ X 11 size and made available electronically. The posters can easily be printed and posted in your office. You may download the posters from the members-only Resources section of the website (Under Communication Tools & Resources). If you would like the posters customized with photos of your crews, send photos to Jen Cronin at jcronin@iamu.org.

Tags:  Move Over  Slow Down 

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Register Now: You Won't Want to Miss Equipment Demo & Exhibit Day

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, June 27, 2017

IAMU is planning to hold its second Equipment Demo & Exhibit Day on Thursday, July 20, on our Training Field. Demo Day is a time for IAMU members to connect with vendors who can demonstrate or showcase their equipment, tools, processes, and materials in a real-life setting.

To learn more about the event from IAMU’s very own “Red Green,” click here.

The event is free for utility members and associate members. If you’re not a member, contact us to find out how you might be able to participate. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Tags:  Demo Day  IAMU Events  Training Field 

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Silica: The Unseen Hazard Workshop - August 23rd

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities’ Safety Services will be holding a Silica Safety Workshop on August 23rd. Those attending the workshop will learn about the materials and job tasks that may contribute to silica exposures at their work locations. Silica may be found in concrete, brick, block, tile, drywall, and in other materials. Learn about the dangers of silica and the corrective measures to take that will protect your employees’ health. We will also discuss the requirements of OSHA’s new silica regulations that are now in effect.

Who Should Attend:
Directors, Supervisors, Lead Workers whose employees may have exposure to silica.

Click here to register.

Tags:  OSHA  Safety Services  Silica 

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